Army Chief`s age row: Antony refuses to be drawn in
Amid different views expressed by the Law Ministry and the Attorney General on the issue of Army Chief`s age, Defence Minister A K Antony Friday said whenever the government took a view, it would be announced.
New Delhi: Amid different views expressed
by the Law Ministry and the Attorney General on the issue of Army Chief`s age, Defence Minister A K Antony Friday maintained suspense on it, saying whenever the government took a view, it
would be announced.
"I don`t want any public controversy over this. Please
try to avoid public controversy on this. This is my personal
request. Please don`t sensationalise issues regarding
services," he said in response to questions after addressing
the Unified Commander`s Conference here.
"Whenver the government takes the decision, it will be
announced," he said.
Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati, whose view was
sought by Army earlier this month, has opined in favour of
maintaining May 10, 1950 as General V K Singh`s date of birth.
The AG`s reply to the Defence Ministry further says
that any change in General Singh`s date of birth would lead to
complications in the succession line.
But the Law Ministry, providing its opinion on the
issue, recently said that General Singh`s date of birth was
May 10, 1951 as shown in his matriculation certificate and not
May 10, 1950 as filled in his UPSC form for the entrance exam
of National Defence Academy (NDA).
The Army has been maintaining two different date of
births in its records for General Singh.
The Adjutant General’s (AG) branch, the official
record-keeper for purposes of salary and pension, has May 10,
1951 as the official date of birth while the Military
Secretary’s branch, in charge of promotions and postings, has
recorded it as May 10, 1950.
Taking into consideration the year 1950, Singh will
retire on June 1, 2012, but if the other date is accepted, he
may remain in office for another ten months.